July 6, 2018 Subject:
Su94- Chicago N2
Another fair 94 show. Not as good as the night prior, but mostly on account of song selection- otherwise, most of this show is well-played and it's a fine sounding AUD recording. Nice Half-Step opener, last one played 12 shows prior on 6/25. Don't love this late-era arrangement of It's Over Now, but I do enjoy the acoustic Bobby tunes. After this sweet-sounding and penultimate version of The Roses (last played 29 shows prior on 3/28- final version 76 shows later on 6/23) comes acoustic Bobby on El Paso. Phil sounds good on it, Vince too. It's followed by a quick turn into Loose Lucy. Yeaaaahhh, Jerry! Unfortunately the set petered out from here to its end: If The Shoe Fits, Easy Answers->Don't Ease. Yikes.
This show's better than some of the naysayers and two-star reviewers. I'm with northbrkdeadhead (from the other stream review board), "are you from mars?" Hah! This is definitely far from a rushed show, as some of the 87 shows - albeit very good - I thought in fact were. This is a very paced and mellow show, especially the second set, but it's actually rather engaged and engaging. Samson set two opener is well-executed, better even than I would have thought. Next comes Way To Go Home. You might have qualms about the song, but it's also well-played. Next comes an 18 minute Eyes, and it's about as far from rushed as you can get. It segues into Eternity, another slower tune, but it works. Then He's Gone->30 minute Drums/Space set->Days Between. So that makes for four slower - but not sluggish - songs in a row. He's Gone and Days Btwn are beautifully played. Some lyrical slips in Days Btwn, but at this point I'd honestly say that this late-era Jerry ballad was worth the price of admission, alone. This one's 13 minutes, as haunting and chilling a moment from any era, perhaps more so. Out of it comes a standard - but strong - Stones->NFA closer and Liberty encore. "Summer flies and August dies and the world grows dark and mean...." The approaching season would, of course, be his last fall.
July 24, 2015 Subject:
21 years done come and gone my oh my!
Decent show for 94, which ain't sayin much. This is a well played show for the most part, but it's also laid back to the point of being lethargic. Any show that has Shoe Fits and Cheesy Answers back to back & Way To Go Vince is fighting an uphill battle. The drummers also manage to butcher an otherwise decent Roses by stepping all over the delicate melody. The Eyes> Eternity> He's Gone run is nice, although a bit on the sleepy side. When they came out of Space with Days Between I correctly guessed the rest of the show including encore and proceded to sit down & nap for the remainder. The boys weren't any more engaged than I was apparently as post-space lacks any signs of life.
A frustrating example of what was passing for routine by this late date.
April 21, 2014 Subject:
Great pull of a solid late era show
I always thought this was a show that had some depth, and this is the first recording that confirmed it for me. Thanks for posting.